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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create a Flowering Origami Effect in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

create this origami effect in illustrator

Get the look of origami—without the paper cuts.

Learn how to turn the flowering vector artwork Deke showed you how to make in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques and use Adobe Illustrator’s dynamic effects to give it an origami effect that looks hand-folded.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Flowering Vectors in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

learn to draw vectors in illustrator

Numbers abound in nature, from the golden ratio to Fibonacci sequences, which is why mathematically precise patterns are so pleasing to the human eye.

Want to create your own? In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to create “flowering” vectors in Illustrator using some simple shapes and scaling.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Clearing the List of Recently Used Fonts in InDesign

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No, you have not stumbled into an episode of InDesign Secrets. This is Deke’s Techniques, and this week, Deke is tackling one of the quirks of this venerable design program in honor of his new course, Introducing InDesign.

He’s looking at the Recently Used Fonts list, introduced to the Font menu in CS6.

By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015

Two Ways to Create Center Guides in Photoshop

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Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.

To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

find other kinds of placeholder text

Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

from raw snapshot to holiday portrait

Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Turn Your Minecraft Art into 3D—with Photoshop

Make your Minecraft art 3D using Photoshop

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.

This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.

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